Tahkenitch Dunes

December 12, 1987

Rain storms accompanied by high winds earlier in the week had placed our outing in jeopardy. Fortunately, the storm blew itself out by the weekend, and we left the S.E.H.S. parking lot at 9:00 a.m. confident that conditions on the coast would be even better than in the valley. Sure enough, when we reached the Tahkenitch Camp Ground, the sun was shining and, although the air was cool, there was scarcely any wind. We had been asked by Larry Cash to check the condition of the trail, and, as we struck out toward Threemile Lake, we found a great deal of debris blown down by the high winds. We were able to throw most of this off the trail as we passed along the way. However, two fallen trees, one of considerable girth, defied our efforts. We had lunch at a spot overlooking the dunes, the ocean and the northern end of Threemile Lake. Then, after a pleasant interlude, we reversed our course to enjoy the fruits of our trail swamping activities on the way out. When we reached the fork in the trail near the Tahkenitch Camp Ground, most of us decided to hike out the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail. Barbara Koser and her son, Gerritt, who were planning to spend the night in Florence, opted out of this extension of the hike, as did Fred Schepman. Those who elected to hike the additional three miles were rewarded with another nice coastal vista and a tramp on a large dune which was interestingly scalloped along its crest. Our hiking and traveling so consumed the day there was no time to stop for refreshments, so we proceeded home, arriving in Eugene at 5:00 p.m. Dunes hikers were Michael Cooper, Gladys Grancorvitz, Barbara and Gerritt Koser, Dennis Lueck, Mary Millman, Fred Schepman, Diana Tvorik and Vernon Barkhurst (leader).

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